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| I started by doing a year at Umass Dartmouth, then transferred and took some local classes followed by transferring to Umass Boston to work on finishing my undergrad. The Campus Administration is nothing short of awful.|
Since I started going parking has gone from bad to worse. They've literally just closed a couple of parking garages just giving up on repairs stating they were too costly to do. Instead they've jacked up parking rates, closed down other parking and made you park further away. Faculty tends to be snobby and annoyed by questions though not all of them. I'd have to be particular about them, but it's quite hit or miss. I've had very good professors and some of the worst in my entire academic pursuits here. Many of them just walk in with a laptop and powerpoint you to death, asking redundant questions just to feebly attempt to keep you awake, most of the time getting futile results. Typically professors tend to be alright to approach with questions and help, it's more the administrators who are awful.
God help you if you want to get into a course and you don't have some unrelated yet required prerequisite. It's almost as if the order of courses is chosen at random since nothing is all that sequential except for math courses. Nothing about the curriculum ties into the next. The campus itself is hideous. Crumbling cracked concrete everywhere. The new Campus Center is nice, and the catwalks between buildings are appreciated since the wind coming in off of the ocean during colder months will cut right through you regardless of how bundled you are. It's a good thing they have these catwalks too since the maintenance crew does some of the worst sanding and snow removal jobs I've seen. If they were property maintenance for a living area they'd be sued in a heartbeat. Administors working on setting up schedules are callous and either meet you with disgruntled attitudes, as if they're too busy for you, even if you are a paying customer....or...they look at you like a deer in headlights and pass the buck onto someone else...be careful to differentiate between administrators and the advisors. My class advisors have been particularly helpful..especially John Applebee who seems to be the only person on the entire campus who isn't an absolute dunce when it comes to accomplishing real work. It's sort of the attitude of "just pass him along until he gives up" type deal. Transferring in of credits was mediocre...some did, some didn't...no out of average dealing there. I've never been much for college sports, which is good since Umass Boston doesn't really make any headlines for any of their sports programs...it's a commuter school..so I expected this. Most of the students are your typical "bleeding heart" liberal types who want to save the world and let all illegal aliens come in and live here for free on our money, so if you're of the conservative nature...you're in for a battle. The population of the campus is decidedly majority minority, but there is no single group that seems to dominate or make things uncomfortable.
|Jan 10 2008|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| While the buildings are falling apart and Umass could use....well...a new campus (with the exception of the new and shiny campus center), the education's of high quality. Some of the classes are huge, but you can get individual attention if you really want, as long as you're reasonable about what you're asking. Professors are great and approachable, most will take you seriously, but like in any school, there are some much hated profs here and there.|
Ross center for disability's great. I have the attention span of a 2 year old, so I get extra time on exams, and they're very accomodating and very friendly and nice about helping get the things you need.
The biology department's great. When you start taking courses at the sophomore/junior level, you start seeing the same people, professors included. And whether a professor knows you or not, they WILL help you. One of the cell bio professors (not mine) hooked me up with a microbio lab when I asked her if she had any lab positions open (and she didn't at the time).
It's really too bad the buildings are crappy though. UMB has great professors who work hard with what they have, which is often material that is old and falling apart in the labs. You get what you pay for I guess?
Parking sucks. Generally, don't drive if you don't have to. Getting a monthly pass on the T is much cheaper and the shuttle buses are there ALL the time. Nice system, really.Social life---yeah that part generally sucks. People work, have kids, deal with school. They don't have time for a social life or to hear you complain about the lack of partying on campus.
|Nov 16 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
UMASS Boston is a COMMUTER school, therefore you won't find the idelized "college experience" that a lot of people on this website seem to be pursuing; which I actually got at my school before UMASS Boston (FAU) and realized it only led me to waste time and money!|
The Anthropology Department at Umass Boston is EXCELLENT! This major I would recommend most definitely; Professors Silliman, Fazell,Den Ouden,Sieber,Worley and Pasto are my favorites and come mostly with PH.D's from Ivy League Institutions. I feel that I am leaving UMB prepared and most excinting to me is that fact that I am almost DEBT-FREE since UMB is not only public, but also VERY affordable. Although UMB is not in Boston proper, it is close enough for students to enjoy the AMAZING atmosphere of the city, probably the BEST in the nation. Also, they have satellite locations in places like Newbury Street, in an old High School which is pretty cool.
People here just mind their business, however one can definitely make good friends. The problem for freshman is the fact that the student population here seem to be a bit older, therefore the whole high school social scene doesn't exist here.
On the negative side, there are only few things that come to mind:
-PARKING: absolutely horrible...not enough spaces. They are working on it though!
- SAFETY: I've never been subject to any attack, neither have I witnessed or heard one; however, there is not enough security around...especially during the evening. The parking lots and empty buildings could be a VERY scary place to be!
- RED TAPE: If you are waiting for a loan to be disbursed for example...You're in for a LONG WAIT. Same goes with Test results, like the Writing Proficiency that everybody has to take at one point!
- Tons of Seminars and extra-curricular activities! Including 2 Newspapers and a Community Radio.
- Study Abroad programs to Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, Belize and many others.
- Very...I should say EXTREMELLY ethnically and racially diversed campus (I should notice it as I am a minority and an Anthropologist wanna-be!!!) which is VERY COOL...you really get to meet people from all over the world.
- Balanced curriculum...tons of great classes to choose from.
- Large enough for variety, but small size classes. For those who are afraid of the conference type of classes (Like in Amherst), then UMB is just a perfect in between!
In conclusion, I must add that with all its downfalls; I am happy that soon I'll be getting my diploma from UMB and will feel that I made a smart investment! After attending FAU, I can say that UMB although not as large or nice looking, is one of the finest public colleges I've seen. People are driven to succeed and take education very seriously. Professors aren't afraid to express their points of view...however, if you are a conservative you may have a hard time adapting here! If you are looking for the North East-perfect folliage-fraternity filled-large campus college experience; then brake the bank (or your parents') and go to BU, BC, Emerson or Northeastern. If you are looking for a balance between quality and value; then out of the UMASS system, UMB has BY FAR the best offer! Who wants to live in Amherst anyway...
|May 23 2007|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |